Asia Pacific

Philippines: UN and partners seek more funding to help tropical storm survivors

The United Nations and humanitarian partners today revised upwards an appeal for funding to continue relief work for six months among the more than 300,000 people in the Philippines island of Mindanao who were affected by last year’s tropical storm Washi.

Afghan refugees need right conditions to return home, stresses UN official

The United Nations refugee chief today thanked the Pakistani Government for its generosity towards Afghans who have sought refuge in the country, while also calling for creating the right conditions in Afghanistan that will promote large-scale voluntary returns.

Small Indian hill state aims to improve agricultural livelihoods with UN loan

India is receiving a loan of nearly $90 million from the United Nations to improve agricultural livelihoods in the small north-western state of Uttarakhand, one of the poorest areas in the country.

UN-backed survey shows improving public perception of Afghan police

Public perception of the police in Afghanistan has improved over the past three years with the proportion of Afghans expressing personal respect for the country’s law enforcement rising to 81 per cent, an eight-point increase since last year, according to a United Nations-funded survey.

UN kicks off Year of the Dragon with celebration of Chinese cultural heritage

Hundreds of performers took to the stage at United Nations Headquarters in New York this evening to ring in the Chinese New Year with a showcase of traditional dance, music, theatre, painting and calligraphy.